Discipline Day 9: Making Goals Achievable

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Sorry this is late. I had other thoughts on my heart earlier today. But, here is my Day 9 post.

I had somewhat of a compromise today. My workout was shortened, because we had a busy day.  Although the day did include packing boxes of food and/or paper goods for the senior ministry at church, so that’s kind of exercise.  Anyway, I was inspired to work on my grad school stuff, which I desperately need to get to, so that kind of took precedence over some other things. However, even with that I still completed my mega-project assignment, so the day was mostly a victory.

Today’s Assignment: Break Goals into Bite-Sized Pieces.

I kind of already did this on the earlier day of goal setting, so I’m ahead of the game today. Basically, today’s lesson emphasizes the importance of breaking goals into smaller pieces so that you can track progress and celebrate small victories.  Crystal says:

If you never let yourself experience small wins, you’ll be much less likely to experience the big wins.

One of the biggest takeaways of this lesson, though, was this:

Don’t forget to change things up if your progress stagnates. If you are not seeing results for a few weeks in a row, it’s time to change your game plan a bit…discouragement is one of the biggest goal-killers out there. 

Don’t be afraid to reevaluate if progress stagnates. If you stop moving forward, then you’re more likely to just give up entirely (at least that’s what I have found for myself), so reevaluating becomes a great tool for keeping motivated.

Assignment 1: Small Habit (dressed and bed made as soon as I get up)
If nothing else happens out of this challenge, at the very least, I feel like I have got back on track with this habit.

Assignment 2: Continue with Life Hack
Very short workout, but I still did it.

Assignment 3: Mega-Project
Today, I continued on in the spare bedroom. It has become a kind of junk room for the things that haven’t found a new home here since the move, so it will be a long process, but I made a lot of progress, and will continue it today.  I’m hoping for some time this weekend to work on this to try and make up for the days when I’ll be gone to finish up my graduate degree. 

How are you doing? How did day 9 go for you? What are your big goals that you’re working toward, and how can you break those into smaller goals?

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  1. lvg4him says

    GOOD FOR YOU!! Don’t downplay you “only” did a small amount of excercise. YOU EXCERCISED!!! Rejoice in that! No matter how small, you followed through with your commitment to excercise everyday! Way to go!

    Disciplined 21 day 9
    Pick a goal and break it down: I am totally going to cheat on this one. I was blessed to get a copy of Organized Simplicity when the author shared it for free. But I have not broken it open until the other day. I love the way the chapters are set up to do changes, small changes in your life. So I am going to do a chapter a week and apply what I read.

    Small habit: slept so well last night! Loving the new mattress cover. This morning, like in the post I shared yesterday, I pulled the top sheets all the way back and smoothed out the bottom sheet, then completed making the bed. It only took an extra minute and I know I will be rewarded tonight! Kids all made their beds too.

    Life Hack:
    Love that I am feeling better since getting on treadmill to check FB/Twitter!

    Mega project:
    Continuing with overcoming obstacles, my arm is no longer able to lift anything heavy, so I am switching from my bookshelf to my wardrobe! I will go through my shirts today and keep ten. That’s all I really need since I do laundry weekly (and this would force me to stay on top of it).

  2. Coreen Smith says

    Everything got done, some in a different way, but done. Small habit: did get up earlier. will continue to strive for yet earlier in the upcoming days. Life hack: working out. Well I killed it on day 8 and then woke up really sore on day 9. I had to vary my work out method. I kneaded 20 lbs of bread and walked to mix it up a bit. Mega project: well on my way to finishing my book and getting excited as I work through every lesson.

    I have personally begun a small to do list and have been daily getting small things knocked off that list. Especially on my days off. I feel so good and I have accomplished a lot. Additionally I am making a list of MEGA projects that I will tackle after this 21 day period ends. What a great feeling to to be getting things done.

  3. says

    Hi Crystal! Oh I should follow you on this one! I’ve got two workshops coming up and I should break it up into smaller goals as you said! I would love for you to pin anything on my blog because I want to share it! Don’t know if it’s intentional but you are a no reply blogger. Would you like to change it so we can reply to your comments? Here’s a link just in case: http://anyonecandecorate.blogspot.com/2012/09/are-you-no-reply-blogger-how-to-fix.html

    • Crystal says

      Patsy, thanks for letting me know. I don’t actually use my blogger account, I just have it for the people who require it for leaving comments, and sometimes I forget to double check if name/url is accepted as well…Either way, thanks for letting me know about that.

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